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Neck ornament

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Neck ornament


In a landscape of arid grasslands south of the Zambezi River, numerous hunting and gathering populations have existed since the dawn of humanity. Their rock paintings are among the earliest art known-from 25,000 BC. Currently, the distinctive dress of Himba women continues to reflect their attentive use of this environment. Ornaments are made from local materials, with imported shells and beads, but the combination is always coated with layers of ochre from sacred sites.
Lambskin, cowrie shells, glass and metal beads, ochre deposits
Gift of Lisa Fanning
Provenance: Collected by Lisa Fanning from the artists in Ovinyango, Etosha National Park, Namibia
Not currently on view

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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